Sodexo is to provide concierge services for students at two university campuses through its Circles brand.
Set up as part of its Residential Living programme, which already manages university accommodation facilities at Northumbria University and Bath Court at Birmingham University, Circles will provide a range of personal assistance services at no additional cost to students. Services include arranging travel bookings, downtime suggestions and shopping through a dedicated portal or over the phone.
The service is also open to international students, offering help with flights, transport bookings and arranging bedding packs ready for their arrival in the UK.
Andrew Wilkinson, CEO schools & universities at Sodexo, said: “Going to university can be a daunting experience and the introduction of social distancing measures will make it harder for new students to settle into university life. We have worked in close partnership with universities to introduce appropriate measures to protect the physical health of students, but protecting their mental health is also crucial.
"The introduction of Circles is another step in making sure that students living in accommodation we are managing have the support they need when they need it.”